Apologetics 3

Last time, I mentioned that no one is neutral. Another way to state it, is that everyone has presuppositions. Everyone. A simple definition for presupposition is a basic heart commitment, or an ultimate trust. Postmodernism has done everyone a service by showing the bankruptcy of autonomous reason. As mentioned, believers are to presuppose the Word of Christ at all times. Unbelievers presuppose all kinds of things, but at root they are at enmity towards God. They know the true God, but suppress that knowledge in unrighteousness (Rom 1). "They did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Rom 1.21-22).

So its obvious the there is an absolute antithesis between the presuppositions of the believer and the unbeliever. The two cannot even look at a flower and see the same thing. One sees the beauty of God, manifest in his creation. The other sees the product of a chance-random universe. There are two classes of people: covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers. This fact must be kept in mind at all times when doing apologetics. We are dealing with whole packages. If we were to pile up as much evidence for the resurrection of Christ, the atheist could still say, "Crazy things happen in this world" (See Matt 28.17). The apologist must present the Christian worldview as a unit, not individual and isolated 'brute' facts.

Of course, this does not mean that there is no point of contact with the unbeliever. They live in God's universe, and bump up against reality at every turn. No matter the station, God's voice is heard. Everyone is made in the image of God, and know God deep down. This is the point of contact with the unbeliever.